Easy, Cheesy Enchiladas

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Today's Blogtember topic hasn't been posted yet and I have some time to kill before my next training session, so I figured that now was as good a time as any to share a yummy dinner recipe that has quickly become one of my go-to, sure-fire Happy Husband Meals.

Confession: My own recipe posts make me hungry. I was scrolling through pictures for today's post on my phone and even though it was only 7:45 in the morning I was like, "Mexican food sounds delicious."

I've eaten Mexican food my entire life (except during infancy, I'm sure), but it was usually met with protest or some inner eye rolling whenever it was suggested to me. I just never cared for it all that much. It's not that I had anything against Mexican food, it just never sounded good at the time (same with most Italian food). I would always prefer other ethnic cuisine such as Chinese, Thai or anything else from the continent of Asia.

It's taken me over 20 years to come around to really enjoying Mexican food and I credit my turnaround to my first ever Big Girl job after college. When I was working as a book designer, my design team went out to lunch every Friday at a little Mexican joint right near our office and never wanting to be left out, I zipped my lips and tagged along (ya know, because of team-building, bonding and all of that). I eventually rationalized it this way: Beans? Excellent. Rice? Great. Cheese? Awesome. What's not to like?

For me personally, my favorite Mexican dish is tamales and that's what I order 100% of the time when we go out (if I haven't stuffed myself stupid with free chips and salsa). And my best friend just so happens to be Mexican and knows how to make delicious homemade tamales. (Fact: That's exactly why she's my best friend.)

Americanized Mexican food, or Tex-Mex, is typically some combination of the aforementioned ingredients with meat. So if you like burritos, chances are you like chimichangas, too. You like chimichangas? Then you probably like enchiladas.

I like all of the above and I have an excellent recipe for Easy, Cheesy Enchiladas (and the fact that the recipe's name rhymes is just an added bonus).

Warning: these aren't particularly healthy so if you're counting calories, you might want to omit this meal from your food journal all together. Or, you can substitute Greek Yogurt for the sour cream and use whole wheat tortillas. (I would also suggest using less cheese, but that goes against everything I believe in).


What you'll need:
  • 2-3 fully cooked and shredded chicken breasts, seasoned with spices of your choice. (Hint: an electric stand mixer works great for shredding chicken. Just drop your breasts {ha} into the mixer's bowl and use the paddle attachment.)
  • 6-8 large flour tortillas
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • 1 can of enchilada sauce (we used mild because Clayton is a little girl)
  • 1 cup of sour cream (fat-free or light will work just fine!)
  • a crap ton of shredded cheese (I used half cheddar and half a Mexican blend)

Directions:
1.) Mix the shredded chicken in a bowl with the soup, sour cream, and about 3/4 of the cheese.
2.) Spread a few heaping spoonfuls of the chicken mixture along one side of a large tortilla then roll burrito-style.
3.) Place rolled tortillas side-by-side in a large glass baking dish with the folded seams facing down.
4.) Pour the enchilada sauce over the top of the enchiladas and sprinkle with half of the remaining cheese.
5.) Bake the enchiladas at 375° for about 20 minutes. After baking, sprinkle on the remaining cheese and bake for an additional five minutes. Serves 4 (or more or less; it's totally dependent on how big you make your enchiladas and how hungry you are).







If you've stalked us before, you may notice that these photos were taken in our old apartment. I took the pictures for this recipe back in early June because it took me THAT long to get around to posting this recipe. But don't wait several months to try these enchiladas; you'll love them, I promise!

What's your favorite Mexican dish?

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1 comments

  1. These look SOOOO good! I used to not be a huge fan of Mexican food, but recently I've been loving it! Anything with cheese, avocado, and sour cream is right up my alley :)

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